Critical Notices/Études critiques

Searle Rediscovers What Was Not Lost*

Tim Kenyona1

a1 The University of Western Ontario

John Searle's The Rediscovery of the Mind comprises two related projects. The first is to show that philosophy of mind since Descartes has been not merely false, but obviously false. The materialist tradition—as Searle encapsulates behaviourism, type and token identity theories, functionalism, Artificial Intelligence, and eliminativism—consists of more or less crazy positions, with a crucial shared trait: they “leave out” the mind, the very thing they were to explain. Searle's second concern is to sketch his own theory of mind, a “common-sense” view that is, he claims, obviously true, and thus is a sharp departure from the madness of the various received views of this century.


* The Rediscovery of the Mind (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992), xv + 270 pp. Unless otherwise noted, page references are to this work.